The Seahawks waived seven players on Sunday, beginning the process of whittling down their roster to 53 before Tuesday’s deadline.
The team announced that it cut tight end Sal Canela, defensive end Jordan Ferguson, receiver Malik Flowers, cornerback Benji Franklin, receiver Justin Marshall, cornerback Chris Steele and running back Wayne Taulapapa.
The moves leave the Seahawks with 83 players.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he hopes to fill the 16-man coaching staff with players currently on the roster.
“As we get into this weekend, you think about it, well, here comes the roster change and all that,” Carroll said after the final game of the season on Saturday. “Sixty-nine of those players will be with us, a group of players in the dressing room here who will stay with us. There will be some changes. There will always be some changes. But the bulk of these guys will be with us, and I like it because these guys are connected and they know how We play, what we expect, how we prepare, how we talk about our challenges and all that. This will make us better as we go into the next season.”